Clinical Research Glossary

maximum maximum


The most or largest amount.

Example of maximum in a sentence

A study treatment should have the maximum benefit without causing serious side effects.

More Info

The word “maximum” can refer to anything that is measured. In a study, it may be the “maximum age” of participants eligible for the study, or the “maximum dose” permitted, or the “maximum amount of blood” that may be taken at any one time.

Other info to think about when joining a study

You may see the term “maximum” used in a variety of different ways. For example, the study team may talk about the maximum dose of a medication you can take. Or they may talk about the maximum number in a range of results from some type of research test.

If you are unclear about how the study team is using the word, please ask them to explain more.

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